Code of Conduct

The following Code of Conduct is referenced from the following HCDSB policies:

  • Policy No: II-39 – Progressive Discipline and Safety in Schools/Code of Conduct Suspension & Expulsions
  • Policy No: II-40 – Bullying Prevention Intervention

Please refer to these policies online at the Board website, or in the Student Agenda, for a more detailed description of each protocol.

Bullying Prevention

Download the Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan Package

Roles and Responsibilities of the Student

Students are to be treated with respect and dignity. Students have the right to learn in a safe, orderly and stimulating Catholic environment and to be conscientiously instructed by the teaching staff. In return, they must demonstrate respect for themselves, for others and for the responsibilities of citizenship through acceptable behaviour.

Teachers and other school staff members, under the leadership of administrators, maintain order in the school and are expected to hold everyone to high standards of respectful and responsible behaviour.

Parents play an important role in the education of their children, and can support the efforts of school staff in maintaining a safe and respect learning environment for all students.

Progressive Discipline

Progressive discipline is a whole-school approach that makes use of a continuum of interventions, supports, and consequences, building upon strategies that promote positive behaviours. The range of interventions, supports and consequences used by the Board and all schools must be clear and developmentally appropriate, and must include learning opportunities for pupils in order to reinforce positive behaviours and help pupils make good choices. For pupils with special education and/or disability related needs, interventions, supports and consequences must be consistent with the expectations in the student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP) and/or his/her demonstrated abilities.

The Board, and school administrators, must consider all mitigating and other factors, as required by the Education Act and as set out in Ontario Regulation 472/07.

In some cases, short-term suspension may also be considered as a useful progressive discipline approach. The Board supports the use of suspension and expulsion as outlined in Part XIII of the Education Act where a pupil has committed one or more of the infractions outlined below on school property, during a school-related activity or event, and/or in circumstances where the infraction has an impact on the school climate.

Suspension

The infractions for which a suspension may be imposed by the principal include:

  1. Uttering a threat to inflict serious bodily harm on another person;
  2. Possessing alcohol, illegal and/or restricted drugs;
  3. Being under the influence of alcohol;
  4. Swearing at a teacher or at another person in a position of authority;
  5. Committing an act of vandalism that causes extensive damage to school property at the pupil’s school or to property located on the premises of the pupil’s school;
  6. Bullying;
    • Aggressive and typically repeated behaviour causing harm to another through physical, verbal, electronic (“cyber-bullying”), written or other means
  7. Any act considered by the principal to be injurious to the moral tone of the school;
  8. Any act considered by the principal to be injurious to the physical or mental well-being of members of the school community;
  9. Any act considered by the principal to be contrary to the Board or School Code of Conduct

A student may be suspended once for an infraction and may be suspended for a minimum of one (1) school day and a maximum of twenty (20) school days.

Expulsion

Expulsion is a possible consequence in extreme circumstances. Refer to page 6 & 7 of Policy No: II-39 Progressive Discipline and Safety in Schools/Code of Conduct Suspension & Expulsions.

Mitigating and Other Factors

Before imposing a suspension, the principal, as required by the Education Act, must consider any mitigating and other factors as set out in the Student Discipline Procedures. For the purpose of the Student Discipline Procedures, the Board interprets the provisions of the Education Act and Regulations consistent with the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Digital Citizenship: Using learning management systems (LMS)

As we explore new technologies and ways to engage with digital resources, students and staff may access a Learning Management System (LMS), such as a D2L course shell. In order to respect the learning, dignity and privacy of students and staff members while using an LMS, there is an expectation that students continue to abide by Board and school Codes of Conduct and continue to demonstrate positive digital citizenship. Please review these important points with your child:

Students are expected to:

  • Treat other students and school staff with dignity and respect.
  • Represent only themselves online. Students should never pretend to be someone else or allow someone else pretend to be them.
  • Complete all work assigned to the best of their ability while adhering to rules around plagiarism.
  • Always protect their password(s) and schoolwork so others cannot take advantage.
  • Use appropriate and encouraging language when posting opinions, critiquing others and chatting on school platforms.
  • Immediately contact the teacher if they are having issues with class platforms (e.g., password no longer working, difficulty submitting work, concern about cyber-bulling, etc).
  • Notify their teacher should they feel their work has been compromised, copied or used without their permission.
  • Be aware that inappropriate behaviour online could result in disciplinary action as per our Progressive Discipline policy
  • Follow the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations while engaging in distance learning

We are committed to working with you to ensure a safe and productive learning environment for all members of our school community.

Related Documents:

Use of Technology and Digital Citizenship – HCDSB
Progressive Discipline and Safety in Schools – HCDSB
Assessment and Evaluation: Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism – HCDSB
Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations – HCDSB
Parent’s Guide to the Ontario Code of Conduct – Ontario Ministry of Education

“The digital world can be an environment rich in humanity: a network not of wires but of people.  Let us boldly become citizens of the digital world.” ~ Pope Francis

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